by Ernest Easley

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How to Grow into Greatness - Part 1 (7 of 10)
Series: Church Life
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
Acts 5.5

As we continue our series of messages under the heading: CHURCHLIFE, take God's Word and turn with me to Acts 5. In getting a biblical understanding of what it means to be a church member, we've discovered that there is a direct link between our CHURCHLIFE and our Christian life.

A healthy CHURCHLIFE leads to a holy Christian life. We need each other! We need to be together! We need to stand together! When we face hardships or challenges or trials, we can come together for encouragement, for prayer, for comfort, for strength.

No wonder we read in Hebrews 10.24-25, "And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and do much the more as you see the Day approaching."

If Satan can tear a saint away from the fellowship of their church, he knows that saint will be one less saint he has to worry about making a difference for God. And the closer we get to the second coming of Jesus, the more our enemy will be trying to tear saints away from local churches, rendering them weak and vulnerable.

That's what we read in 1 Timothy 4.1-2, "Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving head to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron,"

Friend, "the latter times" have now arrived! And for you to remain strong in your faith, refusing to compromise God's word in the midst of pressure and persecution and perversion, you need the strength and support that can only be found in "the assembling of ourselves together."

You say, "Well, I would go to church, but there are too many hypocrites there and I just can't stomach a hypocrite." Is that so? So, you're looking for a place filled with perfect peop ...

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